Doves have announced their first gig in nine years. The celebrated Manchester trio will return to live duties as part of the line-up for next year’s series of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Doves last played live in 2010. And now they’re set to return in style as part of Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows. Other confirmed headliners are Take That, Rudimental, The Script, and The Levellers.
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“Many people will not be aware that Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that receives no government funding and is dependent on raising money from the public to provide vital wards and nursing care which are a lifeline for young people with cancer,” explained Daltrey. “I’m incredibly grateful to all of the artists who’ve given up time in their busy schedules to help young people with cancer get the specialist care they deserve.
“Looking back, we’ve had so many unforgettable moments at the shows over the years and these moments are amplified by the wonderful young people with cancer I have met. I’m consistently overwhelmed by their positivity in the face of a life changing circumstance. They are the reason we strive to make these shows the very best we can and this year will be no different.”
Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re so excited to announce this incredible line-up. These amazing shows not only bring together some of the world's biggest names in music, but also raise vital funds to support young people facing the chaos of cancer through our 28 specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK, led by expert nurses and support staff.”
She continued: “For every young person we reach, there’s another we can’t, so every penny raised through the gigs is crucial. As always, we’re incredibly grateful to our honorary patron Roger Daltrey CBE, who is the driving force behind the Royal Albert Hall shows. And it’s great that tickets are on sale just in time for Christmas!”
The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall are:
25 - Rudimental, Ghetts
28 - Take That
29 - Doves
30 - The Script
31 - The Levellers
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 07 December.